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October 21, 2016

Dog in Travel Carrier

We’re always recommending safety tips and products for pets and when it comes to extended trips, like driving cross-country or through different states, but there’s more to hitting the road when it comes to traveling with a well-restrained animal. Before you go on your adventure, check out some of these tips when it comes to traveling with your four-legged friend:

Getting Certified

According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), a CVI (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection) is required when importing and exporting animals across state lines. But in most cases, companion animals and pets are not included when it comes to certification requirements because of these exceptions:

  1. Traveling through the state for a short period of time
  2. Being transferred directly to a specific facility
  3. Taken to a veterinarian’s location
  4. Entering the state for an exhibition, show, tournament or fair

Minimally, some states may require proof of current vaccinations and some forms of health records on an animal, so it might be easier to simply obtain a CVI from your veterinarian if you travel a great deal with your four-legged friend.

Map Your Route

Long road trips always require rest stops along the way, which are really places you can get out of your vehicle, stretch your legs and perhaps use the facilities. While animals are usually welcome at official “rest stops,” look for other pet-friendly locations on the way, like dog parks or restaurants that permit animals in outdoor eating venues.

Car Time

Lengthy time spent in an automobile or other mode of transportation can be uncomfortable for people as well as our cats and dogs. While we all know better than to leave an animal alone in a car, while we’re traveling with them, keep in mind you should:

-Carry plenty of food and water in a spill-proof, sealed container along with clean dishes
-To reduce the risk of them becoming car sick, try and feed them at least an hour before departure times
-If your animal does have a problem with motion sickness, consult with your veterinarian about possible remedies like ginger capsules available at many health food stores
-Make sure your car’s heating and air conditioning are both operating properly and use them while driving according to the outdoor temperature

Be sure you provide shade in the area where your pet will be traveling, even in the winter months, it can be uncomfortable to ride in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

Two Dogs in the Variocage

Do Your Research

Finally, before arriving at your final destination, make sure to do some research on possible wildlife found in that particular area and whether or not they pose a threat to your pet. Most states have a website that describes the wildlife that’s indigenous to their area, usually found at a fish and game venue. While wildlife usually doesn’t pose too big of a risk for companion animals, it’s always better to be safe and aware rather than uninformed and at risk to exposure.

Enjoy your time on the road with your pet and make the journey as comfortable as possible for everyone involved. There’s no reason we can’t be safe and secure when we’re traveling on the road with our animals.

By Amber Kingsley

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Pet-Friendly Hotel Chains on the Road

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 15, 2016

Not all pet-friendly hotels are created equal since pet policies and fees will vary. For example, some hotels may only allow pets smaller than 25 pounds, while others may only accept dogs.

With so many hotel chains on the road, you may be thinking about hitting the open road with your four-legged friends. To help make your planning easier, here are some popular hotel chains that are more than welcoming to pets.

Motel 6 August 2014 Maya & Pierson

Motel 6 has been Maya & Pierson’s #1 hotel choice ever since we got stuck in an ice storm in Oklahoma during the 2013 holiday season.

#1 Motel 6

This budget minded hotel chain was one of the first chains to allow pets. Conveniently located along all major highways, Motel 6 is a favorite among travelers looking for a stay along their travel route. All Motel 6 properties allow service animals and well-behaved pets (unless they pose a safety risk or are prohibited by law). And the best part is that they stay for free.

#2 Red Roof Inn

This hotel chain does a great job of welcoming your four-legged friend; in fact, they even have a Facebook page dedicated to them called “Red Roof Luvs Pets.” All of Red Roof Inns 345 locations are pet-friendly and all of them allow pets to stay for free. Their motto is, “You Stay Happy, Pets Stay Free!” (note from blog owner: Perhaps Red Roof has changed their policy because we have been charged pet fees at some locations.)

#3 La Quinta

Well behaved pets are welcomed at all but 4 of their 800+ La Quinta locations. La Quinta is known for offering quality service and providing its guests with many of the features and amenities offered at high-end hotels. Most importantly, La Quinta does not charge pet fees. When booking online, be sure to mention that you are traveling with your pet in the “Special Requests” section. If calling to book, be sure to let the reservation agent know.

#4 Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Hotels are a super pet-friendly boutique hotel chain that raises the bar when it comes to being pet-friendly. As part of their program, hosPETality, in addition to pets staying free, any number of pets are welcome regardless of size, weight, kind, or breed. Each Kimpton Hotel offers its unique pet-friendly services and amenities. Be sure to check them out if you are looking for some serious pet pampering.

#5 Indigo Hotels

Many of the Indigo Hotels will call you before your arrival to see if they can enhance your stay beyond your expectations. On arrival, you will receive a dog goody basket. Hotel Indigo in Downtown Asheville, for example, even offers custom dog treats with your pet’s name on.

They will also provide you with bowls, beds, toys and complimentary scoop bags. One unique feature of their pet-friendly program are their canine cocktail parties, known as Yappy Hour. During this hour, guests, their four-legged friend, and locals mingle over cocktails and snacks. The best part is that some of the money raised goes to the local animal shelter.

Indigo Hotels do have some weight restrictions in place, which differ between the individual hotels, and they also charge a one-time fee that ranges between $40 to $75.

#6 Loews Hotels

On arrival, you will receive a welcome package that includes treats, a golden pet tag, bowls, scoop bags and vouchers for local pet-friendly establishments. In your room, you will find comforts such as beds, litter trays, scratching posts, rawhide bones and even pet DVDs. They also offer pet services, such as pet-sitting and pet-walking.

Loews Hotels endeavor to wait on your paw and foot, and they have room service menus that have been especially created for pets by their award-winning chef. If your pet is the adventurous type, then you can head over to Loews Hotel, San Diego, where they hold dog surfing competitions. If your dog would rather spend the day being pampered, then consider visiting the Loews Hotels in St Pete Beach, where they offer a professional canine therapeutic service.

All pets are welcome, and they have a one-time fee, which is between $25 to $35.

When staying at any of these pet-friendly hotels, you must always register your pet upon check-in. Also, it’s important to abide by the house rules and follow proper pet etiquette to ensure that you and your dog, cat, or another furry friend is welcomed back.

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November 13, 2015

Dog Maya Goofy Grin Kurgo Harness

By: Derek Petersen

It’s that time of year that a lot of people will be traveling to see friends and family. If you’re like me, you take your furry friends on the road with you. Athena (my Siberian Husky) and Boston (my Chocolate Lab) always get so excited when they know it’s time for a ride in the car. Their eyes widen, ears perk up, and their tails start to wag. Little do they know that it’s not for a short trip, but were heading on an 8-hour drive to see the family. I find that waiting until the last minute to say “want to go for a ride,” works in my favor. Little do they know that I’ve been prepping them for this ride the last couple of days.

There are tips on traveling safe with your pet while in the car, but there are variables that you need to think about before putting your pet in the car for a long road trip. Taking these steps to prepare your dog for a long road trip is imperative to their health and wellbeing during your road trip this year.

Here are some easy steps to follow to ensure your dog has a great road trip:

Step #1:

Feed your dog early. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. It’s important to feed your dog a few hours early to help prevent motion sickness.

2 Shelties in the Variocage Compact XLStep # 2:

Prepare your vehicle for your pet. It’s recommended that you crate your dog for long road trips. If you don’t normally crate your dog, it may be time to rethink that decision. Crating your dog will create less of a distraction while you drive (especially while driving by yourself) which is safer for the both of you. Also, a crate helps to prevent your dog from becoming a projectile if you have to stop urgently, reducing the chance of injury for both of you. A best practice is to exercise your dog before putting them into the crate. A dog that has exercised is more likely to relax in the crate, while dogs who haven’t exercised will have built up anxiety and may not be willing to accept the crate.

Paw Print Pet Organizer Bag / PouchStep #3:

Pack a bag with all of your dog’s goodies: dog food, treats, bottled water, dog leashes, waste bags and dog toys (their favorite toy, of course). This pet friendly travel kit should also contain portable dog bowls, dog documents, and a dog first aid kit. Keep the leashes handy, as you will be making frequent stops.

Step #4:

Now that you have prepared your dog and vehicle for the trip ahead, it’s time to plan the stopping spots. If you’re traveling on major freeways or highways, you can count on having rest areas (that almost always have a “pet section”) to stop and let your dog out. There are times you might need to stop and get food, but no matter where you stop, don’t ever leave your dog in the car. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked vehicle can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. On a cold day, a vehicle can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing your dog to possibly freeze to death.

Now we’ve gone through the steps in preparing your dog(s) for a long road trip, and you should be ready for the road ahead. Always continue to learn the best practices in keeping your family, pets, and yourself safe in your vehicle at all times. Buckle up and enjoy your trip!

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September 18, 2014

Barks and Bytes Blog Hop

Welcome to another edition of Barks & Bytes hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Linda with 2BrownDawgs.

It’s been a month since our last participation in the Barks & Bytes blog hop so we have a lot to cover. I’ll try very hard to be brief. First off, if you haven’t done so already, say Happy Birthday to my Maya who turned 7 at the end of August!

IMPROVED PET DEK
In a review of the Pet Dek that I made back in July, I mentioned how one of the legs kept coming off but I fixed it with a washer. The manufacturer of the Pet Dek saw my post and wanted to let me know that this issue has been fixed and is no longer a concern. Honest reviews really pay off!

FREE SHIPPING ON FLAT SEAT
The Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat is a comparable product and for the month of September, we are offering free shipping.

Belle-Button the Frenchie Wearing the Bergan Dog Seat Belt 3

Belle is wearing the Bergan dog seat belt as she rests comfortably in her pet bed in the back seat for the road trip.

FRENCHIES REVIEW
On Wednesday, September 10th, we shared the photos of three adorable Frenchies: Arnold, Belle, and Wilbur. Their mom first purchased the Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat from us. And when she found out we were also in Iowa, she explained how difficult it has been for her to find a dog car seat belt that would fit the odd shape of a Frenchie. And so I offered to visit her in person to try some on. The Kurgo Tru-Fit brand fit them nicely, but the Bergan dog seat belt fit even better. So Arnold, Belle, and Wilbur all have one and they wore them on their recent road trip.

My Dog Pierson with a Woman Named Flea

Does Pierson want pets or does he want goodies from Jones Natural Chews? Flea gives him both.

FLEA!
If you haven’t heard of Flea from DogTreatWeb for Jones Natural Chews, then you’re really missing out. Her blog is funny and Flea is such a heartwarming person. We (Maya, Pierson, and I) have been lucky enough to have been able to meet her on two occasions. Once, during the holidays when we made our annual road trip from Kansas to Texas. And the second time just a couple of days ago as she traveled from Oklahoma to Illinois. It was a wonderful visit and Maya and Pierson were extremely spoiled with the Boo Bucket and other treats from Jones Natural Chews.

Maya Labrador AllSafe Dog Car Harness

The AllSafe dog car harness fits Maya perfectly!

ALLSAFE
Remember earlier in the year where I mentioned one of our goals was to acquire the AllSafe dog car harness? Well, we finally got it! As of yesterday, the AllSafe pet seat belt is officially available on PetAutoSafety.com. For now, it has free shipping. This may change later so if you’ve been wanting one, now is the time to get one. Maya has hers already. Keep an eye out on this blog for our review.

VARIOCAGE
The company that provides the AllSafe dog seat belt also has the VarioCage. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is the absolute best car cage on the market. We don’t have this one on our website yet, but it will be available before the end of the month.

LOST DOG COMMENTS
A special thanks to Barbara from K9sOverCoffee and Lindsay with ThatMutt for adding two more means to find a dog lost after a car accident. Post fliers, contact a radio station to see if they will mention the lost pet, and contact shelters and rescue groups every day to see if anyone has brought in the pet. I can’t believe I didn’t think of these. Thank you!!!

PET TRAVEL ARTICLES
And thank you to Patrice for writing these great pet travel articles for us:
Plan a Great Pet Friendly Trip
Finding Pet Friendly Accommodations

Thanks for stopping by, everyone and enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

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September 4, 2014

Road Trip with the Dogs to Kansas

I posted a little bit about my road trip with my dogs, Maya and Pierson, on my American Dog Blog, but I thought I would share a few more details here. Namely, what I did to prepare and how we made sure our travel was comfortable and safe.

TO TAKE THE DOGS OR NOT TO TAKE THE DOGS
A few months ago, I made arrangements to see an alternative medicine doctor for my fibromyalgia in Wichita, Kansas. It is a five-and-a-half hour drive so we opted to drive. As always, we had to take the dogs into consideration. Despite living in Iowa for only a short time, we have met people we could trust to care for our dogs if we left. However, my husband couldn’t go and as a female I didn’t want to travel alone. And so I opted to take both dogs with me.

Motel 6 August 2014 Maya & Pierson

ACCOMMODATIONS
I would have two doctor visits on two consecutive days, so we needed a place to stay. The medical office gave me a list of nearby hotels. However, they either didn’t allow pets at all, only allowed pets under 20lbs, or charged over $100+ per night. And so I chose the trusty Motel 6. I knew they were both inexpensive and pet friendly. And after our recent pleasant experience at a Motel 6 in Oklahoma, I hoped the one in Wichita would be the same. I was not disappointed. Check out my reviews of this Motel 6 on my American Dog Blog from both the link above and from the August 29, 2014 post.

> Don’t Leave Dogs Alone in Hotel Room
One thing I did not take into consideration during my stay at Motel 6 is that you are not supposed to leave your pets unattended in the room. I should have made doggie day care arrangements for Maya and Pierson, but didn’t think about it.

Most hotels have this rule about leaving pets and I understand why. When some dogs are left alone, they bark or will do damage to the room. Also, there could be problems when the cleaning staff tries to enter the room. Thankfully, Maya and Pierson are familiar with traveling and do well when left alone in a strange place. Pierson had his no-bark collar on. I also put a do not disturb sign on my door so the cleaning staff would not enter.

Petz on Board Emergency Contact for Pet Travel

PACKING
I won’t tell you everything I packed for myself, but I will tell you I made sure I had plenty of food and drink for the road trip so that I wouldn’t have to run into a convenience store and leave my dogs alone in the car. For Maya and Pierson, I packed enough dog food for two nights, water, their food and water dishes, leashes, dog car harnesses, vet records, pet first aid kit, Petz on Board sign with emergency contact info, dog beds, poo bags, treats, and the Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat.

TRAVELING
I opted to take my husband’s car instead of mine. My car is a 1998 model and has been salvaged twice so I don’t want to drive it that far if I don’t have to. I covered the entire back seat of my husband’s car with a sheet and set up the Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat. I also connected the tethers of their dog car harnesses to the seat belt housings. Maya wore the Kurgo Go-Tech and Pierson wore the Ruff Rider Roadie. (Maya usually wears the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt, but it is so restrictive I didn’t want to use this one for such a long journey.)

> Calming and Preventing Car Sickness
About 20 minutes before the trip, I applied Travel Calm from Earth Heart to both Maya and Pierson. Maya needs it because she is so excited in the car and drives me nuts with her happy whining. Pierson sometimes gets car sick and Travel Calm also helps with this.

Both dogs did very well on the drive to Wichita, but Maya was a pesty-poo on the way back home. I’m not sure if she was uncomfortable or what, but the Travel Calm did not work this time. She whined so much that I made several stops thinking perhaps she had to go to the bathroom. She didn’t. In any case, it took much longer for us to get home.

> Don’t Leave Dogs Alone in the Car
I didn’t have to stop for a restroom on the drive to our destination, but I had to stop for myself on the drive back. I hated to leave my dogs in the car, but I had no choice. Pets are not allowed in public restrooms, period. Luckily, I pulled up next to some nice ladies and asked if they could keep a short eye out for my pups. They were happy to oblige. I wouldn’t always trust this tactic, but you gotta do what you gotta do and I like to think that most people are relatively trustworthy.

Have you taken any recent road trips with your dogs? Please leave a comment below. If you’d like to do a guest post on your pet travels, email me. 🙂

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Moving With Our Dogs

Author: MayaAndPierson
April 23, 2014
Moving with Our Dogs Maya & Pierson

What’r all these boxes for? Where’re we goin’? Do they have cookies there?

Yes, we’re moving! Our online website will remain the same, but our home base is moving from Lawrence, Kansas to Des Moines, Iowa. Why, you wonder? My husband is moving for a new job. And since my job is with a virtual online company, I can move with him quite easily. And, of course, we are moving with our dogs too. Moving a family is a challenge, but put dogs in the mix and there are a few more challenges to add to our list. Here is what we’ve encountered so far.

LOOKING FOR A PET FRIENDLY PLACE

Since we have discovered that we are not good home owners when it comes to home repair and routine home maintenance, we’ve decided to rent instead of buy. And finding a pet friendly place to rent has not been easy. Over 80% of the places I called either said no pets or only allowed pets under 25 pounds. Pierson is 50 pounds and Maya is almost 70 pounds. I also found that a lot of places in Des Moines have breed restrictions. Maya is a Lab and Pierson is an Australian Shepherd / Border Collie, so there was no trouble there. But if I still had my Chow mix, Sephi, we might have had more trouble. So unfair, but it is the reality.

We finally found a great house to rent that is very pet friendly. Our landlord is our neighbor and she has a gorgeous Mastiff girl named Bella that she rescued, as well as a cute older Jack Russell. Our landlord is charging neither an extra pet deposit, nor an extra monthly rental fee for the pets. This is different than many of the pet friendly apartment we looked at, who charged an extra $25 per month per pet, plus a non-refundable pet deposit.

PACKING

Some dogs and cats might get stressed from all changes going on with packing. Stuff is being moved around. Boxes are piling up in the corners. Things are getting a good scrubbing. And there is more noise than usual because of all the cleaning and packing. If you have time, get started early and take it slow. Introduce boxes and packing slowly. And try not to change your pet’s normal routine.

Luckily, Maya and Pierson have not been affected at all by the changes. Maya is very curious about what I’m doing and is constantly sticking her nose in the boxes I’m packing. Pierson has been a little more cautious than Maya. Loud noises scare him and he has been a little intimidated when we move big stuff around. But he is doing really well for the most part.

STRANGERS IN AND OUT

Because we need to sell our current home, we have had people in and out of our house doing estimates and repairs. So when strangers come over, I generally put Maya and Pierson outside. I could say, “This is my house and if you want to come in you are going to have to accept the dogs.” But there are two very big reasons why I don’t.

Safety for Visitors

Although Maya and Pierson are friendly, some people are afraid of dogs. Allowing my dogs to approach someone who is afraid of them opens the door to trouble and it is also unkind. Also, despite my efforts to keep Maya from jumping on people, I still have trouble. She just gets so darned excited that she forgets her manners. She’s scratched a friend of ours who came to visit because of her crazy jumping antics. And she has also caused someone to bite their tongue because she jumped up and hit them in the chin.

Perhaps your dogs are better behaved than my Maya when it comes to jumping, but just because your dog doesn’t jump on you, doesn’t mean he won’t jump on strangers. And another thought, just because your dog likes most people doesn’t mean he will like everyone.

Safety for My Dogs

If you have a dog that likes to sneak or squeeze out the door at the first opportunity, then you have to be especially careful about visitors. I believe that it is unfair to expect a visitor to my house to be careful about not letting the dogs out. They don’t know my dogs or what they will do. Yes, visitors should be considerate and take care to close doors behind them. But ultimately my dogs are not their responsibility.

ROAD TRIP

If your dog doesn’t travel much, it will be very helpful if you can get them used to traveling before the big move. Start out by taking them on short road trips. And take them somewhere fun so that they learn the rewards of traveling. If you have a dog that gets car sick, consider a natural pet remedy like Travel Calm, which has ginger to help with car sickness as well as calming ingredients to help with anxiousness.

Don’t forget your pet’s safety when you travel on the road. Thankfully, Maya and Pierson are used to wearing a dog seat belt. If your dog isn’t used to a dog car harness or a traveling crate, be sure to help them get used to these devices as well as used to car rides. Check out these additional tips for helping your dog get used to riding in the car and used to a dog car harness.

Dogs Pet Safety Belts

Maya and Pierson are wearing their dog seat belt harnesses and are ready to go!

SETTLING IN

Letting your dog explore the new place is great. But depending on your pet’s personality, you may want to take it a little slow. Go through one room at a time. Reward them with treats, if needed. Set some of their belongings like toys and bedding in place before they explore in order to help them familiarize themselves to the new surroundings. Supervise them as they explore, especially in the yard area. Your dog might find a hole in the fence that you didn’t see or there may be wild animals living in the yard that you weren’t aware of.

At this moment, I am still in Kansas with Maya and Pierson. They have not yet made the road trip to Iowa or seen their new house. For them, the road trip should be no problem. Maya will have no trouble getting used to her new surroundings. I have no doubt she will be very excited about it. Pierson may be a little more wary about the new place, but he will adjust easily when he sees Maya do it. Our official move date is May 10th.

Have you ever had to move with your pets? Are there some concerns you had that I forgot to mention here? How did your dog adjust to the move?

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Follow Up Friday #23

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 20, 2013

Follow Up Friday Banner Logo

Hello everyone! I hope you all are looking forward to the upcoming holiday. I know I am. We’re heading out to Texas later today. Maya and Pierson are excited about the car ride. They love having their seat belts put on because they know they’re getting to go somewhere fun. The problem is they think we’re going to the park, pet store, or somewhere close by. Their excitement won’t last when they realize it is going to be a long long drive. We will be staying in Oklahoma City overnight at a pet friendly hotel in order to break up the eleven hour drive. So what are you doing this holiday?

I wasn’t initially going to write a Follow Up Friday post this week. But all your wonderful comments on the Meet the Bloggers blog hop inspired me. My packing is done, so why not. Let’s follow up! Thank you to Jodi with Heart Like a Dog for hosting this blog hop.

Last Week’s Follow Up Friday

Donna and the Dogs says, “Great follow up. It WAS fun going on a road trip, [referring to her two day trip to Florida] and surprisingly, Leah and Medi were really well behaved…both in the car..and in the hotels we stopped in going there and back.”

Other than Maya whining for the first 10 to 15 minutes, she and Pierson do really well too.

Hawk with Brown Dog CBR and Linda with 2 Brown Dawgs love Maya’s facial expression. Jodi with Heart Like a Dog says Maya looks sad. She’s actually rather bored. I love how expressive she can be, just like a Lab to put on those sad puppy-eyes. I mean seriously, just look at this pathetically cute face:

My Dog Maya is Sad - No Disneyland

Seat Cover Contest

Congratulations to Jason D! He chose the tan paw print cover for the back seat.

How to Adjust the ClickIt Utility

Roxy the Traveling Dog says, “The hardest part I had with Torrey was all her fur. Once I got it done though, it’s good to go. I gave her a hair cut, I think i better adjust it again. I do love this harness though.

LOL! – one of the many facets of having a dog with long hair. When Pierson’s winter coat fills out, I may need to do a little adjusting too.

Meet the Bloggers

Thank you for all the wonderful comments! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about you too. It’s so nice getting to know you better. I feel like our community is even closer than before. We have a lot more in common than just our fur pals. 🙂

A couple of you mentioned about how busy I must be with being both an artist and a writer, on top of being a blogger. Yes, I am busy. I like to be busy. But there is not enough time in the world to do all the things I want to do. Besides, I’m an artist. I have to be “in the mood” to do certain things. This means the art and writing are often set aside until an inspiration hits me.

I’ve done four pieced of art work this year, which is more than I’ve been doing since I started PetAutoSafety.com in 2006. And my novels were actually written a decade ago. I’ve written since then, but not nearly as often or as much as I used to. I really want to get back into it. I have another great novel I’ve been working on that is about 1/5 complete.

Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews asked if I would eat head cheese. Yes I would. I don’t care what it is made from. I love food almost as much as Maya and Pierson and am willing to try anything at least once. I can’t wait to try some of your Polish food when we stop by on our way back from Texas. 🙂

Well, gotta go! I still have a little packing left to do before we go. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a relaxing Friday, a great weekend, and a joyous holiday.

To see what other pet bloggers are up to, be sure to check them out on the Follow Up Friday blog hop below:

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August 20, 2013

Artistic View of Seattle Washington

Despite having lived in Oregon, I have amazingly never made it to Washington. And I’ve heard Seattle is super pet friendly so I thought I would do a little research. Here is what I found.

There is no lack of pet friendly accommodations in Seattle. Hotels and vacation home rentals are abundant. Multiple modes of transportation are also available for you and your dog. Check out all these options: city buses, the Seattle Ferry Service, Dog Gone Taxi, Argoys Cruises (water taxi service only), and Emerald Country Carriages. In fact, most of the ferry services are dog friendly. While browsing online, I think I even saw a seaplane tour that allowed dogs!

If you love gardens, Seattle has some astonishingly beautiful places to visit. And many will welcome your best friend. There is the Carl English Jr Botanical Gardens, Woodland Park Rose Garden, and Kubota Garden.

Check out this dog enjoying his visit at the Kubota Garden:

There are also a ton of off-leash dog parks, stores, and restaurants in Seattle. Even many of the farmer’s markets welcome dogs. And don’t forget the many parks in Seattle. A few fun parks to visit include Discovery Park, Blake Island State Park, and Green Lake Park. There is also the Sand Point Magnuson Park which also has a wonderful off-leash dog park where your dog can go swimming.

For a more extensive list of things you can do with your dog in Seattle, Washington, visit DogFriendly.com. Also, check out a blog article about Seattle from GoPetFriendly.com where they recommend a number of places, including Norm’s Eatery and Ale House as a dog friendly restaurant.

Do you live in or have you been to Seattle, Washington? Tell us what you do with your dog when you’re there. Have photos you want to share? Email us at naturebydawn@aol.com.

Also, if you’d like to be featured in an article about your favorite pet travel destination, let us know.

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Perkasie Covered Bridge

Perkasie Covered Bridge

This post is for all of you who love your pets and are captivated by Colonial America. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has a number of early history sites that you can visit without having to leave your dog all alone in the hotel room.

Even if you did have to leave your dog at the hotel, he’d really have it made at Hotel Bethlehem! This hotel has a number of fantastic pet services. And best of all, the size of your pet is not an issue (unless it is a horse, of course). While you go out and see the sites that are not pet friendly, your best friend can lounge on the plush hotel pet beds. He can get delicious biscuits from Bone Appetit. Pet services include pet sitting and walking services.

Oops, that hotel is so nice I almost forgot about the dog friendly Colonial America sites you can see! Visit the Burnside Plantation and check out a colonial farm. Walk a historical colonial town in the Colonial Industrial Quarter. And take the Dutch Hex Tour to see some barn art. You’ll have to read more about these sites on DogFriendly.com.

Want to see some gorgeous Pennsylvanian scenery? About an hour north is the Lehigh Gorge State Park. See what Buster with GoPetFriendly.com has to say about his visit there. A closer destination (about 30 minutes north) is the Nockamixon State Park. Bucks County is just an hour south of Bethlehem and there are a lot of scenic sights there.

Check out the New Hope Towpath trail and find a lot of pet friendly restaurants along the way. The above photo of the historical bridge is in Perkasie, Pennsylvania in Lanape park. Near the park is also a dog park.

Be sure that while you are driving around and visiting all these great historical and nature sites that your dog is secured in the car. Wear a dog car harness or ride in a secured pet travel carrier. As always, be safe and have fun! 🙂

* Would you like to share your favorite pet travel destination? Email us at naturebydawn@aol.com. Share your experience, share photos, and we will post about it on our blog with a link to your own website or blog.

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Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

Since I don’t have the opportunity to do much traveling, I’m so happy I get to visit other dog bloggers who’ve been to some great pet travel destinations. Please go check out these other great blogs by clicking the corresponding links in red:

Sugar the Golden Retriever finds pet friendly activities in Chicago, Illinois. Sugar gets to take a tour boat cruise and take a stroll along the Chicago riverwalk. Both posts are full of many wonderful photos and fully share Sugar’s experience.

Rocco with ToDogsWithLove gets to go to Woody Gap at Chattahoochee National Forest in Dahlonega, Georgia. This is about two hours north of Atlanta, Georgia. It really looks like Rocco had a lot of fun on his visit. There are many great photos to see on this blog too.

Ty and Buster with GoPetFriendly recently visited the Black Hills of South Dakota. If you’re not familiar with Ty and Buster or GoPetFriendly, this is the perfect blog to follow for pet travel destinations. Ty and Buster get to travel all over the United States and their parents are always taking great pictures. And did I tell you that Ty and Buster wear the Kurgo seat belt for dogs when they travel?

Once you’ve checked out these great places through these pawsome bloggers, come back and tell us about your favorite pet friendly travel destination. If you’re a blogger and have a post about you and your pet visiting someplace special, feel free to share the link. And ask about being featured on our Pet Travel Destination Tuesday series.

 

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